clean air regulation Articles

  • Cleaning the Air We Breathe, Coal Fired Power Plant - Case Study

    By cleaning flue gases from coal power plants, the amount of environmentally hazardous emissions can be sharply reduced. Mist elimination from Munters is a critical part of this process. Munters has worked with leading power generating companies for decades and have through testing and follow up built an extensive parameter database and design tool to be able to adapt and optimize results based ...


    By Munters Zeol Division

  • A Critical Evaluation of the South African Air Quality Offsets Guideline

    There is wide recognition in South Africa to the link between the quality of life and quality of the air we breathe. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) attempts to improve air quality through two key regulatory tools; emission limits, which regulate the maximum concentration of certain pollutants permissible within certain, ‘listed’ industrial stacks or vents, and ambient ...


    By WKC Group

  • Regulation of greenhouse gases under section 115 of The Clean Air Act

    Section 115 of the Clean Air Act, among the various options under the current act, may offer EPA the most effective, flexible, economically reasonable, and legally supportable means by which to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The authors argue that Section 115, the section explicitly crafted to address international air pollution, has the potential to provide an appropriately flexible path ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Bottom line on regulating greenhouse gases under the clean air act

    How can the EPA regulate GHGs? Doesn’t the Clean Air Act only apply to air pollutants? An April 2007 Supreme Court decision (Massachusetts v. EPA) ruled that GHGs are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. The court instructed the EPA to decide whether GHG emissions endanger public health and/or welfare, or if current science is too uncertain to make a reasonable judgment. In response to the ...

  • GHG regulation under the clean air act – recent developments

    EPA’s GHG Tailoring Rule and Senate Action On October 27, 2009, EPA published the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule in the Federal Register, followed by a 60-day public comment period that ended on December 28, 2009. The proposed rule represents EPA’s effort to decrease the number of sources subject to major source ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • A new vision for clean air

    When President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990, he put in place a precedent-setting statute that completely revamped our nation’s approach to improving air quality. That statute was an earnest commitment to environmental protection; the comprehensive air pollution control strategy established in it provided state and local regulators with tools to make ...

  • Stakeholder Perspectives on the Clean Air Interstate and the Clean Air Mercury Rules

    In a follow-up to last month’s detailed overviews of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), this month EM presents perspectives on the two rules from representatives of a range of stakeholders, including EPA, the states, the regulated community, and the environmental community. Last month, EM featured detailed overviews of two major air quality regulations ...

  • Idealized Air Quality Regulation: A One-Atmosphere Approach

    After almost 40 years of experience with the U.S. Clean Air Act (CAA), many of the original goals of the regulation have been achieved. The CAA and its subsequent amendments have been driven largely by science and technology, linking the Earth’s atmosphere with public health and welfare and sources of pollution. Knowledge in the 1960s about the atmosphere that ...

  • Technology: clean air’s unsung hero

    Last year, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Clean Air Act (CAA) and the 20th anniversary of the 1990 Amendments to the CAA. The CAA has been a huge success. From 1990 to 2008, emissions of six common pollutants were down 41%, while gross domestic product grew 64%. Emissions of volatile organic compounds dropped 31%, carbon monoxide dropped 46%, and sulfur dioxide dropped 51%. Lead ...

  • How to Survive An EPA Clean Air Act Title VI - Refrigerant Regulations Compliance Inspection

    Part 2: During An Inspection Since the amendments of the Clean Air Act of 1990 were enacted, facility owners and managers have been faced ...


    By IHS

  • How to Survive An EPA Clean Air Act Title VI Refrigerant Regulations Compliance Inspection

    Part 1: Prior To An Inspection EPA fines and penalties for violations of Clean Air Act (CAA) ...


    By IHS

  • How to Survive An EPA Clean Air Act Title VI Refrigerant Regulations Compliance Inspection

    Part 3: Post EPA Inspection Activities BACKGROUND Since the Clean Air Act Amendment was enacted in 1990, ...


    By IHS

  • Two Landmark Interpretations of the Clean Air Act

    The most recent U.S. Supreme Court term is notable for two landmark interpretations of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In Massachusetts vs. EPA (U.S., No. 05-1120, 4/2/07), the court held that greenhouse gases (GHGs) are air pollutants subject to regulation under the CAA, overruling an interpretation by the Bush administration. In Environmental Defense vs. Duke Energy Corp. (U.S., No. 05-848, 4/2/07), ...

  • Dry/Wet Scrubbers for Clean Air Compliance

    Forthcoming requirements of Ihe Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 will inventory many more specific chemicais considered hazardous. From acetaldehyde lo xylenes, the list regulated under the air toxics program includes 189 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). That number may grow. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to add another 100 of more chemicais under the “prevention of accidental ...


  • Dry/Wet Scrubbers for Clean Air Compliance

    Air-scrubbing venturis and towers may be the answer to clean air compliance for small- to medium-sized companies. Forthcoming requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 will inventory many more specific chemicals considered hazardous. From acetaldehyde to xylenes, the list regulated under the air taxies program includes 189 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). That number may ...


    By CR Clean Air Group, LLC

  • Suddenly greenhouse gas regulations

    FROM a whisper to a scream, from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds or less, whether you prefer music metaphors or car metaphors, all of a sudden it seems that regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is about to descend upon us. My reading list on the plane today includes the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency GHG reporting requirements, a draft protocol from the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • EPA Regulations Raise the Bar for Industrial Air Quality Testing

    Far-reaching environmental legislation continues to change the way Americans live, work, and run their businesses. For the past ...

  • Strategy for Complying with Air Pollution Control Regulations in the Chemical Industry

    Untitled Document The Clean Air Act (CAA) was originally passed by the United States Congress in 1970 and subsequently revised in 1977 for the purpose of protecting human health ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Paints Regulation in the US and GCC

    Keeping track of paints and coatings regulations in the US and the Middle East can prove to be a complex task The global paints and coatings industry generates upwards of $100bn in annual revenue by some estimates. In terms of production, the US is the global leader, with five of the world’s top ten manufacturers based there, according to coatingsworld.com: PPG Industries, ...


    By 3E Company

  • Reducing the Economic Friction of Regulation

    Last month, we looked at two distinctly different bioenergy business models that are merging. Energy profit centers and waste cost-recovery facilities are learning the benefits of each other's business model. The resulting projects generate maximum revenue with lower production costs. The same kind of business model duality occurs in biomass energy regulation. There are more than two kinds of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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